Anti-'Frankenfood' Activists Should Modify Stance

Opposition to genetically souped-up crops has run its course
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2008 5:48 PM CDT
Greenpeace activists places labels that read "Attention transgenic " on products in a supermarket during a protest against genetically modified crops in Rio de Janeiro, March 12, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The recent destruction of a research crop of genetically modified potatoes in England highlights how attitudes towards altered crops have changed, the Economist writes. A decade ago, Greenpeace activists caught in the act of destroying food crops were acquitted because of popular fear of the consequences of “Frankenfoods.” Today, such crops have been accepted by most as safe.

“If the crop trashers are so convinced they are right and have public support, they should identify themselves—and face a new trial,” the magazine concludes. “There, in front of the world, they can air their complaints and defend the need to destroy a trial that aims to put food in the mouths of hungry people.”